Former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno knew about assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse against children in the 1970s and did nothing about it, according to a court filing and a CNN interview with one of Sandusky’s victims. If the allegations are true, they reveal a sickening new chapter in a case that had seemed to have closed with the conviction of Sandusky in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys and the death of Paterno that same year.
“[Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association] claims … in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Football Coach Joseph Paterno, that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky,” a judge wrote in a court order as part of a lawsuit brought by Penn State’s former insurer against the university.
CNN also revealed evidence that Paterno may have known about Sandusky’s crimes and failed to act even earlier than that. A man who was offered a settlement by Penn State after it acknowledged him to be a victim of Sandusky told the network that he was raped by Sandusky in 1971, spoke with Paterno and another university official about it, and was threatened with police action if he continued to talk about the incident. read more